Senate passes hate-crimes bill covering sexual orientation
In a landmark vote, the Senate approved legislation Thursday that would expand the federal hate crimes law to include sexual orientation. It now goes to the desk of President Barack Obama, who is expected to sign it into law.
The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act broadens the current definition of federal hate crimes -- which already covers attacks motivated by race, color, religion or national origin -- to include those based on sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and disability.
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